According to CNN, US officials were notified that they had tested positive for coronavirus during the evacuation process, after passengers had disembarked the ship.
A joint statement from the US Departments of State and Health and Human Services revealed that the passengers had been tested two to three days before the evacuation flights, the statement said.
The passengers who tested positive were isolated from the other passengers during the flights, the statement said. And all passengers are being “closely monitored” throughout the flight.
“After consultation with HHS officials, including experts from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the State Department made the decision to allow the 14 individuals, who were in isolation, separated from other passengers, and continued to be asymptomatic, to remain on the aircraft to complete the evacuation process,” the agencies said.
After the flights land, any passengers that developed symptoms on the flights and those who had already tested positive will be transported to “an appropriate location for continued isolation and care.”